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New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future

New Salem at 100

New Salem at 100

State historic site celebrates anniversary and plans for the future
Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local...

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Petersburg's hidden treasures

Menard County murals by national artists celebrate Lincoln and local lore

 

Today in history

5/22/1868

The Republican National Convention in Chicago closes after Ulysses S. Grant is selected as the party's presidential candidate.

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Historical Markers

Since 1934, the Illinois State Historical Society has erected more than 500 historical markers statewide. Subjects of historical significance to Illinois are co-sponsored by local organizations and supporters. The Illinois State Historical Society coordinates the placement and management of historical markers throughout the state.

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Do you have an exciting local history news story or an event that you would like to share? Use this form to submit it and after a quick review it will be added to our news roll or events calendar. The goal is to add news and events from all over the state to celebrate Illinois’ rich history. Get involved and get the word out about news and events in your area.

 

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September - October 2018

Volume 21, Number 5

  • 21 September 2018
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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September - October 2018
Nine months into the state's bicentennial year, the Illinois State Historical Society continues to make the commemoration as memorable as possible. So far this year we have placed or scheduled 71 Lincoln portraits in county courthouses around the state; eight historical marker dedications will be carried out between now and October 30; the Society's 2018 Centennial Awards will handed out on Saturday, November 3 at the newly restored Illinois Governor's Mansion, and our 2018 Illinois History Symposium is scheduled for December 3.

The Illinois Heritage magazine gives our members and friends a chance to share their deep passion for Prairie State history. This issue includes article from contributors all across the state: Herbert Russell from Carbondale; Kathleen Spaltro from Woodstock; Mark Flotow from Springfield; John Hallwas from Macomb; Reg Ankrom from Quincy; Will Shannon from Belleville; and Keith Sculle from Williamsville and Steve Leonard from Rochester. Each article will bring you closer to the essence of Illinois and, perhaps, stoke your own creative fires.

Thank you for reading Illinois Heritage. Your membership and gifts keep this organization vital and relevant. We cannot serve Illinois history without you. 
Table of Contents

Departments

  • To our readers
  • President's message
  • ISHS news
  • The honor roll

Features

  • Talking history: An interview with David Scott about his new anthology of articles from the JISHS
  • Forgotten Voices from Illinois History: Burl Ives: A remarkable performer, rooted in Illinois
  • The Bates Motel: A case study in the importance of the ordinary (Sample article)
  • Father Tolton of Quincy: Nation's first African-American priest on path to sainthood in Catholic Church
  • State mineral helped end World War II (Sample article)
  • Literary namesakes in Illinois
  • James Farl Powers, Illinois writer: Perfection of the life or the work?
  • Illinois soldiers prepare: The creation of Civil War camps Douglas, Butler, and Defiance (1861-1862)
  • Why St. Clair County matters
  • Bicentennial timeline
  • Nomination for the 2018 Annual Awards: Deadline is December 31!
  • ISHS Board and Advisory Board nominations: Deadline December 31!

We're Almost There! The ISHS’s Illinois bicentennial year project to place a framed,  30" x 40" portrait of Abraham Lincoln in all 102 county courthouses is almost finished.

 

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